The Houston Astros have been recipients of bad news recently it was revealed that both second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Jeremy Peña are dealing with injuries. A strong middle presence in the infield has been a part of Houston's success over the years, so it's understandable that fans were concerned.
Fortunately, Astros general manager James Click had an injury update that's exactly what the fanbase wanted to hear regarding Peña and Altuve. Unless something unforeseen happens, Click doesn't expect either infielder to end up on the injured list.
Jeremy Peña Injury Update
Peña exited with knee discomfort during the fourth inning of the Astros' 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The 24-year-old's situation doesn't appear to be serious and he should be back in the lineup sooner than later.
Peña has been one of Houston's more consistent batters this season, tallying 29 hits, six home runs and 20 RBIs in 105 at-bats. He's also slashing .276/.339/.514 and already has a 2.1 WAR.
The former third-round pick's efforts have made him one of the most exciting first-year players to watch this season. Peña is currently FanDuel Sportsbook's +380 favorite to be named 2022 NL Rookie of the Year, making a full recovery necessary to keep those odds up.
Jose Altuve Injury Update
Altuve's injury occurred late in the eighth inning during Houston's matchup against the Washington Nationals on Friday. The former AL MVP slipped on some grass and exited in the ninth inning as a precaution.
Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters that he was planning on giving Altuve the day off on Saturday anyway, so his injury couldn't have happened at a more convenient time. The hope is that the day of rest will help the 32-year-old get back into the lineup in a few days.
Altuve had a forgettable start to the 2022 season, but began to heat right before his injury. In his last 10 games, he's recorded five HRs and seven RBIs in 37 at-bats with a .351 batting average. Picking up from where he left off is essential if the Astros want to challenge for a World Series this fall.
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